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1995 Dodge Dakota Calipers

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I have a 1995 Dodge Dakota Club Cab 4x4
My front brakes lock and get stuck after it is driven for a short distance. After it cools down they release. But while driving locked they smoke and get hot.

Any ideas?

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Check your fluids and bleed the brake system , if that is all the issues your having . if low on fluid and keeps draining out then you have whats known as a caliper seal broken and that means $30-50 bucks for a new one/rebuilt , i know i drove mine like that for a bit and had to replace the driver side.

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Hi

The main causes of siezed brakes are sticking slides or a siezed caliper piston.

However, your description of the symptoms, ie, the brakes eventually sieze on and then free off after being left to stand, says to me that you could have an internally collapsed rubber hose which is acting like a one way valve, allowing the brake fluid to get to the caliper, but only allowing a minimal amount of flow back, thus the fluid builds up in the caliper, the brakes sieze on, and then as the vehicle is standing, the fluid eventually flows back out of ther caliper past the blockage, so freeing off the brakes again.

This answer is based on the premise that only one side is siezing. If both sides are siezing then unless the same problem exists at both wheels, then you are looking at a problem in the master cylinder.

Very best regards

Geordie

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This could be one of two problems. Firstly I would suggest that you remove the calipers and either service them yourself or have them serviced and fit new pads. (If they were smoking they are tired.) Secondly there is an adjustment between the pedal and the master cylinder which must be done when the engine is running because of the booster. I suggest you buy a manual to learn this can be tricky. If this is wrong every time you press the brakes pressure builds in the line and because most systems are biased 80/20 towards the front the front is affected first. Let me know Shaun.

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